The journey begins on Route 66

This morning we left Wisconsin and headed South to Litchfield, Illinois.

Dan did a great job driving thru early morning rush hour traffic.

Stay focused dear, the navigator needs a nap!

Stay focused dear, the navigator needs a nap!

We are currently staying at a nice little campground, Kamper Kompanion RV Park for a few days.  It is a Passport America park, so we get half price camping.  Full hook-ups for $16.50/night, plus free WI-FI!!  And there is even a small fenced dog park area, that you can have your dog off leash (which is necessary when you have a high energy Jack Russell Terrier!).

Kamper Kompanion site #15

Kamper Kompanion site #15

One of Dan’s goals/bucket list items is to see as much of Route 66 as we can.  Route 66 actually begins on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Jackson Boulevard in downtown Chicago.  Not exactly the place where you want to be towing a 40 foot 5th wheel!  But Litchfield has about 3 miles of the existing road that runs parallel to I-55, so we did get to drive on that.

Getting our kicks, on Route 66

Getting our kicks, on Route 66

We stopped at the Ariston Cafe, which opened in 1924, and is believed to be the oldest cafe on Route 66 that is still in operation.  Food was good, and the service was great!

Ariston Cafe on Route 66

Ariston Cafe on Route 66

working on Dan's bucket list

working on Dan’s bucket list

The Ariston Cafe was added to the National Registry of Historical Places in 2006.  After spending the afternoon playing tourist, we came back to the campground so Makena could check out the small dog park, which she had all to herself!  A good day for all of us!

Quote to live by:  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream. Discover” – Mark Twain

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